RAWANG: Manned watchtowers will be built on accident-prone stretches of federal, state and municipal roads for use during all Ops Sikap.
These roads are where nine out of every 10 fatal accidents occur, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy.
The Cabinet had approved the plan on Wednesday, he said yesterday.
Watchtowers were first used in three states for Ops Sikap XI last year during Hari Raya celebrations.
One each in Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Perak were used to monitor traffic along highways.
"When enforcement is strongly felt, motorists tend to be more disciplined. So these watchtowers will be on the fast track," Chan said.
He was speaking at Wisma MCA Selayang after presenting ang pow and donations to 210 less fortunate people ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations this weekend.
Close to RM1 million has been allocated to build the first 14 watchtowers in Peninsular Malaysia.
Each tower is expected to cost the Public Works Department about RM70,000.
Traffic and road safety operation Ops Sikap is held nationwide during major festive periods.
Ops Sikap XII began yesterday, with 5,000 policemen and 1,200 Road Transport Department officers on duty nationwide.
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